April 4-10, 2016


April 4, 2016

Faculty News

Media Mentions:

Charlotte Business Journal quoted Prof. Saniya LeBlanc (MAE) in the March 31 article “GWU sees in Duke Energy projects a rare chance to learn how solar farms impact local agriculture.”

Conferences & Presentations:

Jin-Hee Cho (CS, adjunct faculty) attended the IEEE CogSIMA 2016 conference and presented a paper that she co-authored with her collaborators, Hasan Cam (US Army Research Lab) and Alessandro Oltramari (Carnegie Mellon University): J. H. Cho, H. Cam, and A. Oltramari. “Effect of Personality Traits on Trust and Risk to Phishing Vulnerability: Modeling and Analysis,” IEEE International Multi-Disciplinary Conference on Cognitive Methods in Situation Awareness and Decision Support (CogSIMA’2016), March 21-25, 2016, San Diego, CA.

Other News

Prof. Ken Chong (MAE) was invited to serve as a mentor and facilitator of an NSF CAREER Workshop, held March 20-22 in St. Louis, MO. Approximately 200 young faculty members participated in the workshop, representing 101 universities and 40 states. While there, Prof. Chong also visited faculty and students and presented a seminar on March 23 at the Missouri University of Science and Technology at Rolla, MO. His presentation was titled “Converging Technologies in Manufacturing, Mechanics and Materials.”

Student News

SEAS congratulates our student winners of GW Research Days. The campus-wide competition was held on March 29 and 30, with more than 250 poster entries on Day 1, and 325 entries on Day 2.

Day 1:
Engineering - Group A:
1st Place: Margaret Nowicki (MAE; Advisors: Profs. Grace Zhang and Michael Plesniak)
Poster: “Three dimensional printing of gradient scaffolds to bridge the gap between bone and cartilage for osteochondral defect repair”

2nd Place: Krishna Kumar and Mitra Aliabouzar (MAE; Advisor: Prof. Kausik Sarkar)
Poster: “Effects of acoustic parameters on nanodroplet vaporization”

Engineering - Group B:
1st Place: Ian Carr (MAE; Advisor: Prof. Michael Plesniak)
Poster: “Three-dimensional separation over a wall-mounted obstacle in pulsatile flow”

2nd Place: Shuai Sun (ECE; Advisor: Prof. Volker Sorger)
Poster: “Hybrid Photonic Plasmonic Interconnects (HyPPI): a low latency, energy and area efficient on-chip interconnects”

Day 2:
Biomedical Engineering

Undergraduate Presenters:
1st Place (Tie): Bogdan Balteanu (BME)
Poster: “Amperometric detection of ultrasound-induced secretory events in potential treatment of Type 2 diabetes”

1st Place (Tie): Srineil Nizambad (BME; Advisor: Prof. Chung-Hyuk Park)
Poster: “Music-based emotion and social interaction therapy for children with autism using interactive robots”

Graduate Presenters:
1st Place (Tie): Elizabeth Hubler (MAE; Advisor: Michael Plesniak)
“Self-oscillating vocal fold model mechanics associated with aging”

1st Place (Tie): Ivan Suarez Castellanos (BME; Advisors: Profs. Vesna Zderic and Aleksandar Jeremic)
Poster: “Ultrasound stimulation of insulin release from pancreatic beta cells”

Congratulations, as well, to our CEE students who received the following awards at the 2016 American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Virginia Student Conference, hosted last weekend here at GW:

  • Ms. Mojolaoluwa (Demi) Ladipo-Obasa: 1st Place in the Marr-Technical Paper competition
  • The SEAS Steel Bridge Team: 1st Place in the aesthetics cagegory; 1st Place in the Economy category; and 3rd Place overall in the Steel Bridge competition
  • The SEAS Concrete Canoe Team: 3rd Place in the overall Concrete Canoe competition

EMSE doctoral student Michael Smith received a travel grant to attend the AAAI Spring Symposium on Observational Studies through Social Media and Other Human-Generated Content (OSSM), to present “Towards Real-Time Measurement of Public Epidemic Awareness: Monitoring Influenza Awareness through Twitter.” The paper was co-authored with his advisor, Prof. David Broniatowski (EMSE), and with colleagues Mark Dredze (Johns Hopkins University) and Michael Paul (University of Colorado, Boulder). The conference was held March 20-23 in Palo Alto, CA.

Other News

The inaugural “GW Women in Engineering” series kicked off on March 22 with SEAS alumnae and students connecting for learning and networking around the theme “Navigating Your Career.” The event, a collaborative effort among the offices of SEAS undergraduate and graduate career services, SEAS alumni relations and development, and GW career services, attracted 18 alumnae and 36 students for roundtable discussions followed by a reception. Profs. Shelly Heller (CS), Dianne Martin, and Martha Pardavi-Horvath (ECE) attended the reception, reconnecting with former students and speaking with current ones. Photos from the event are posted online.

SEAS is happy to announce the Harriet Green Tischler Scholarship, created by SEAS alumnus Howard Tischler (MS '80). The scholarship will provide one $4,450 award to a SEAS student who leverages technology to enhance the lives of older adults. The award is to be used toward tuition expenses. Please visit the scholarship webpage for further details and to apply.

SEAS Computing Facility

SEAS Computing Facility Workshop: “LaTeX”

  • April 9: Presentations and Slides
  • April 16: Posters & Thesis Writing

12:00 – 3:00 pm
Tompkins Hall, Room 411
Entry is free and open to all. Contact Farhad Goodarzi [email protected] with questions.

SEAS Events

2016 Frank Howard Distinguished Lecture: “Engineering with Soul: The Nuts and Bolts of Compassion in Action”
Speaker: Dr. Bernard Amadei, founding president of Engineers Without Borders – USA; co-founder of the Engineers Without Borders-International network; and the Mortenson Endowed Chair in Global Engineering at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Tuesday, April 26
6:30 – 8:30 pm
SEH, Lehman Auditorium
RSVP by April 24
The talk will examine the critical role of engineers over the next two decades, when almost two billion additional people are expected to populate the earth, 95% of them in developing or underdeveloped countries. This growth will create unprecedented demands for energy, food, land, water, transportation, materials, waste disposal, earth moving, health care, environmental cleanup, telecommunication, and infrastructure. Engineers will be critical in fulfilling those demands. A simple question arises: Do engineers today have the skills and tools to address the global problems that our planet and humans are facing today, or will be facing within the next 20 years?

Entrepreneurship Events

Campus to Career: Entrepreneurship & Financial Services
Tuesday, April 5
Alumni House, 1918 F Street
6:30 – 8:30 pm
Are you thinking of starting your own business or are you pursuing career options in the financial sector? Do you have an idea for a social or a commercial startup venture? Are you interested in joining an existing startup venture? If so, then please join us for this unique opportunity to meet and talk with alumni over dinner in DC who either work in finance or who have made their entrepreneurial dreams a reality.

2016 GW New Venture Competition Finals
Tuesday, April 19
Jack Morton Auditorium
5:30 – 8:30 pm
This long-awaited event is the culmination of a year-long competition, which began with 195 entries from all-throughout the GW student body. From there, 42 semi-finalists were chosen and now the top 10 teams will be competing for the top spot and for over $250,000 worth of cash and in-kind prizes at the Finals!  Join us in witnessing great work from our GW community.  Admission is open to the public.  Audience members also have the opportunity to select their favorite team to win the Audience Choice Award.  Don't miss out on this grand event!

Dissertation Defense

Student Name: Junfeng Wang
Title: “CHORUS Code for Stellar and Planetary Convection”
Advisor: Prof. Chunlei Liang (MAE)
Tuesday, April 12
2:00 – 4:00 pm
SEH, Room 2000B